Grooming and Attire
The priest is a leader in the Church and local community. As a leader, he should be professional and appropriate in his appearance and lifestyle, adhering to social customs, manners and standards of etiquette. Personal appearance should be a concern to the seminarian in the way in which he presents himself to others. While an overemphasis upon appearance is undesirable, a seminarian should consider it an important aspect of human formation to be clean and neat at all times.
Seminarians are expected to maintain daily hygienic practices. This includes a daily shower, shaving, washing and combing hair, brushing teeth, and the use of deodorant. The Seminary Formation Staff, at its discretion, may direct an individual to improve his appearance to meet professional standards by requesting a change in the length or style of hair, (for example, no dyed or highlighted hair) the removal of body piercing jewelry or inappropriate clothing, etc.
The College Seminary Dress Code encourages each seminarian to witness the virtue of simplicity in his life and to show respect for himself and others in his attire. Clothes should be neat and clean, shirts should be tucked into pants, and shoes polished or wiped. As a sign of respect given to our Lord’s Presence, long pants should always be worn in the chapel.
For daily Holy Mass, for the Liturgy of the Hours on Sundays, Solemnities, and Feasts, and when serving in liturgical roles, seminarians wear:
- Roman cassock and collar with square neck surplice
- Black dress slacks, black dress shoes and black socks
- Long sleeve white shirt (preferred on Sundays and Solemnities)
For formal events and special occasions, seminarians wear:
- Dress shirt (long sleeve preferred) with a traditional-style necktie
- Suit coat and trousers or sport jacket and dress slacks (preferably dark color)
- Dress shoes and dark socks which cover the ankle
For all Academic classes, Communal Prayer (except Night Prayer), Formation sessions, and Apostolic Service, seminarians wear:
- Seminary shirt (if an undershirt is worn, white only)
- Slacks or dress pants (black, blue or khaki slacks preferred; four pockets maximum; no denim)
- Solid black or solid brown shoes and socks which cover the ankle
- solid collared shirt
For Days of Recollection, Retreat, and at weekday meals in the dining room, seminarians wear:
- Seminary shirt (preferred) or collared shirt with slacks (no denim) and solid black or solid brown shoes and socks which cover the ankle
Jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, T-shirts, athletic wear, shirts with messages or advertisements, athletic shoes, and other casual clothes may be worn:
- During exercise, recreation, study or free time
- Friday after lunch, and on Saturdays and Sundays after Holy Mass
- Caps or hats should not be worn indoors